Introduction: We come to the final lesson in this series about
revival and reformation. After these studies, what do you now think
is the goal of revival and reformation? Would you agree that it is to
get to know God better so that we love Him more? What is the purpose
of getting to know God better and loving Him more? To get ready to go
home to live with Him forever? To take with us as many as possible?
Let’s plunge into our study to contemplate how we finish the work God
has given us!

  1. Until the End

    1. Read Matthew 28:18. This is Jesus speaking. Why would He
      say that all authority in heaven and earth had been given
      to Him? Didn’t He always have it? Why say “given?”(Jesus
      had just defeated sin at the cross. He defeated the
      authority of Satan on earth; an authority given by Adam
      and Eve when they sinned.)

    2. Read Matthew 28:19-20. How should Jesus’ victory at the
      cross change our work? (Now that Jesus has defeated sin,
      we have the great opportunity to share the good news!)

      1. What should be the result of hearing this good news?
        (That we give our allegiance to the Father, Son and
        Holy Spirit, that we become baptized and that we

      2. What does Jesus promise? (He will be with us to the
        “very end of the age.”

        1. Why is that important? (He is not deserting us
          – ever!)

        2. I like this promise to be with us, but I wonder
          why Jesus specifically mentions the “end of the
          age.” What do you think is the reason Jesus
          specifically mentioned it? (Jesus is not giving
          up on us.)

    3. Read Acts 3:17-21. Peter writes that Jesus will remain in
      heaven until the end. How can Jesus say that He is with us
      “to the very end of the age” and yet He remains in heaven
      until He comes again? (Read John 16:5-7. Jesus says that
      He will send the “Counselor” (the Holy Spirit). If you
      continue reading John 16:8-15 you find the rest of the

      1. If you have said, “I wish that I could have been with
        Jesus,” for what should you pray? If you want Jesus
        to help you with your discipleship work, for what
        should you pray? (For the Holy Spirit.)

  2. End Time Power

    1. Read Joel 2:28. One spiritual thing that troubles me is
      that the Holy Spirit was active in the early church in a
      way that my church would not recognize. What does the word
      picture “pour” teach us about the work of the Holy Spirit?
      (The Holy Spirit manifests Himself in different measures.
      I call it “high power” and “low power” Holy Spirit.
      “Afterward” we will have the Holy Spirit “poured,” that
      must mean high power.)

      1. Is that yet to happen? Something for which we have to
        wait? (In Acts 2, the day of Pentecost, the Holy
        Spirit came in high power. In Acts 2:14-17 Peter says
        that Joel 2 is being fulfilled then. That tells me
        that we have entered the high power time.)

    2. Joel 2 contains several symbols. We have the symbol of God
      leading a mighty army. The symbol of God’s people
      preparing for His coming. The symbol of God blessing His
      people like He blesses farmers. Read Joel 2:23. This
      speaks of autumn and spring rains. Is this evidence that
      the Holy Spirit is poured out in different measures at
      different times? (Yes.)

      1. Does that explain why we now seem to be living in a
        low power time for the Holy Spirit?

      2. If you said, “Yes,” how do you explain that the
        pouring time of Joel 2 began at Pentecost? (I think
        we are at fault. I believe that the Holy Spirit is
        willing to pour right now, but we are holding Him

      3. If we are holding the Holy Spirit back, what does
        that say about us looking forward to Jesus’ Second

    3. What can we do about this problem of experiencing only low
      power Holy Spirit? (Read Acts 1:12-14. This is how Jesus’
      followers got ready for high power Holy Spirit.)

  3. High Power Holy Spirit

    1. Read Joel 2:28-29. In the Old Testament we had the priest
      and prophet model of leadership. In the early church,
      Jesus selected young men to be His leadership team. What
      leadership model do we see here? (Gender and age are
      irrelevant. Social status is irrelevant. The Holy Spirit
      works through every willing person.)

      1. Is there anything we should be doing now regarding
        our organization model to prepare for high power Holy

    2. Read Joel 2:30-31. What should we expect to happen?
      (Wonders in heaven and on earth.)

      1. Is this all good? (“Blood, fire and billows of smoke”
        do not sound positive to me!)

      2. Notice that the last part of verse 31 refers to the
        “great and dreadful day of the Lord.” What light does
        that give? (The final days are a combination of
        wonderful and dreadful.)

    1. Read Joel 2:32. What can we know about the wonderful part?
      (That if we call on Jesus, we will be saved.)

  1. Final Conflict

    1. Read Revelation 14:6-7. What should we be doing? Cheering
      on the angel messengers? (Read Philippians 1:3-5. We are
      in a partnership with God to share the “eternal gospel”
      until He comes.)

      1. Why is an angel mentioned if this is our work? (This
        confirms the partnership. The mighty resources of
        heaven are in partnership with us to share the

    2. Look again at Revelation 14:6-7. What is at the core of
      the gospel? (God is our Creator, and He deserves our
      worship. God is our Judge and our Redeemer, the time has
      come to choose to partner with God.)

    3. Read Revelation 14:8. What is our message here? (That
      Satan and his strongholds have been defeated.)

    4. Read Revelation 14:9-11. What is our message here? (If you
      give your allegiance to Satan, it will not go well for

      1. Read Luke 15:1-2. How do we welcome sinners and tax
        collectors, as Jesus did, and be true to the message
        of Revelation 14:9-11? (This calls for the Holy
        Spirit to lead! The essentials are that we welcome
        sinners to our church, but we tell them the truth
        about judgment. How these are put together requires
        Holy Spirit driven discretion.)

    5. Read Revelation 14:12. “Patient endurance” is not how I
      would describe our gospel partnership with the powers of
      heaven. Let’s go do something great! What point am I
      missing? (This is not a sprint, where we become winded and
      stop. This is a long-term project. We need to be patient,
      we need to endure.)

      1. What do God’s followers in this final gospel push
        look like? (They obey God, they are faithful to God.
        These are a people whose goal is holiness.)

    6. Read Revelation 19:11-14. Who is the rider? (Jesus!)

      1. How does Jesus’ Second Coming compare to His first?
        (This is what Jesus’ disciples wanted. “With
        justice,” Jesus “judges and makes war.” Jesus
        destroys sin, death and those who promote them.)

    1. Read Revelation 21:1-4. Come, Lord Jesus, come!

    2. Friend, do you want an end to tears, death, mourning and
      pain? If so, pray for high power Holy Spirit, and partner
      with God to share the everlasting gospel. Will you ask the
      Spirit to help you show endurance, reflect holy living and
      patience for your Champion to bring the armies of heaven
      to bring an end to sin!

  1. Next week: We start a new series of lessons entitled “The
    Picture of Salvation.”